Executive Leadership

CMR Institute is led by a group of experienced and knowledgeable professionals committed to enhancing patient healthcare through advanced education. CMR Institute’s legacy of educational excellence is continually strengthened by the team’s collective expertise and dedication to innovative learning strategies.

Michelle O'Connor

Michelle R. O'Connor, MEd, CMR

President and CEO

Building upon her 22+ years of leadership with CMR Institute, Michelle O’Connor has a deep understanding of current and emerging learning and development needs of the life sciences industry.

Dedicated to collaborative dialogue and strategic partnerships, Michelle’s guidance has uniquely positioned CMR Institute to provide innovative learning solutions that address the industry’s training needs along with the evolving needs of their customers and the marketplace. By bringing together the unique insights from CMR’s extensive network of subject matter experts, she continues to foster and build deep connections between the learning and development profession and their customers’ goals. Michelle has been instrumental in the evolution and enhancement of CMR’s training resources, from e-learning and mobile delivery of its educational content to improving learning outcomes for client organizations.

Her commitment to client success paired with her focus on future educational needs of the life sciences industry has made CMR Institute a leading learning and development company during one of healthcare’s most dynamic era.

Michelle received an M.A. in education from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Training and Development. In addition, Michelle stays connected to the larger healthcare community through her thought leadership at conferences and industry events, her active membership in the Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA), as well as her board participation for CMR Institute and other organizations including the Life Sciences Trainers and Educators Network (LTEN), the Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education and Junior Achievement.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides invaluable support of the Institute's executive team through strategic planning and fiscal oversight. The board actively supports the Institute's approach to mission achievement through the provision of their insight, endorsement, diversification opportunity introductions, as well as resource expansion as necessary.

Anthony D. Slonim

Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, CPE, FACPE

Chair, Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health

Tony Slonim is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Renown Health in Reno, Nevada where he oversees all initiatives supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care. Dr. Slonim brings more than a decade of diverse healthcare experience as a practicing physician, professor, author, and fellow. Prior to joining Renown Health, he was the Chief Medical Officer for Barnabas Health in West Orange, NJ; Chief Medical Officer for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland; Vice President of Medical Affairs at Carilion Medical Center; and spent eight years at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC where he was an attending physician in critical care medicine and held several management positions. Dr. Slonim is currently a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, at the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine. He has authored more than 45 published manuscripts and 11 books. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the College of Critical Medicine. Dr. Slonim completed his Medical Doctorate (MD) program at New York Medical College and completed his Master's and Doctorate in Administrative Medicine and Health Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health.

Partha Anbil

Partha Anbil, MBA

Executive Advisor, Global Health & Life Sciences
Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), part of the PWC network

Partha Anbil is Executive Advisor, Global Health & Life Sciences, Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), part of the PwC network. Prior to this position, Mr. Anbil was an associate partner in the Strategy & Transformation Practice, Health Care & Life Sciences industry at IBM Global Business Services. Mr. Anbil has more than two decades of management consulting experience in the health & life sciences industry—including as Practice Leader at Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions, Senior Principal at IMSHealth Management Consulting, Director at KPMG Consulting, and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a lead faculty and advisory board member for the Institute of Pharmaceutical Management. He also serves on the editorial advisory board for PM360 Magazine – a premier trade publication for pharma marketers and Managed Care Magazine – a premier trade publication for managed care and payer professionals.

Mr. Anbil received an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Business Development from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an M.S. in Corporate Finance and M.A. in Econometrics from the University of Toledo. He also has a Masters in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Anbil has certification in Applied Consultancy Leadership Skills and Consulting skills by Deloitte & Touché and Certifications in Briefing Skills, Communication Skills and Interpersonal Communication skills by the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania.

He speaks at the various industry related conferences such as American Marketing Association (AMA), Pharmaceutical Marketing Sciences Association (PMSA), Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group (PMRG), Synygy's Sales Performance, PharmaIQ, and other conferences organized by CBI, Eyeforpharma, Pharmaforce, Jacob Fleming, exlpharma and Marcus Evans, etc. In the thought leadership arena, he had published many articles in business journals and magazines such as PharmExec, PM360, MM&M, PharmaVoice, and Pharmaceutical Commerce, etc. and contributed internal white papers for the consulting firms he had worked.

George Lutzow

George Lutzow

Owner, LutzowSolutions
Adjunct Professor, Delaware Valley College

Former Director of Education, Acme Markets

George Lutzow is currently owner of “lutzowsolutions”, an organizational consultancy focused on providing human solutions that drive performance through strategy, development and engagement.  In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor, teaching human resource management, in the MBA program at Delaware Valley College. Lutzow was previously Director of Education at Acme Markets, a division of Supervalu, a leader in grocery, drug and supply chain operations in the United States.  He brings a wealth of experience in human resource practices, training, development, organizational effectiveness and change management.  George is a graduate of Drexel University, in business administration and received his masters in organizational dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.

Andre Muelenaer, MD, MS

Andre Muelenaer, Jr., MD, MS

Chief, Section of Pediatric Pulmonology/Allergy, Carilion Clinic
President/Chief Medical Officer, Pediatric Medical Device Institute

Andre A. Muelenaer, Jr, MS, MD, remains active in a medical career that now spans 36 years, including 27 years of active and reserve duty in the Army Medical Corps.  He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, with a BS in Biology and MS in zoology.  He received his medical degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School.  His general pediatric training was at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and pediatric pulmonology fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds academic appointments at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Science, and the University of Virginia.  He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology.  He has held leadership positions as division chief of pediatric pulmonology/gastroenterology at Duke University, and division chief of pediatric pulmonology/allergy at Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital.    

Andy has served as a medical consultant for CitiHope International since 2004, supporting missions on a global basis.  He has traveled on behalf of CitiHope to Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, and Morocco performing needs assessments, teaching, and serving as medical liaison for multi-disciplinary professional humanitarian and medical relief teams.  He coordinated medical communications with hospitals in Louisiana as CitiHope provided one of the earliest responses to the hurricane Katrina disaster.  This included a primary needs assessment and identification of resources, then assistance in the logistics of moving medicines, supplies, and medical personnel to Baton Rouge via volunteer aircraft. He then participated in the secondary response related to more long term needs such as vaccination programs, and sustained supply of medications and disposable medical supplies.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Muelenaer has supported the advancement of medical technology on a global basis, first as the medical director of the Carilion Biomedical Institute, and now as co-founder, president, and chief medical officer of the Pediatric Medical Device Institute.  He maintains a telemedical practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves as part-time medical director for several biotechnology companies in Virginia.  He has served on the board of directors of non-profit medical advocacy and service organizations.

George Lutzow

Mark Sorrentino, MD, MS

Executive Medical Director, Global Product Development, PPD Inc.
Former Chief Medical Officer, ADMA Biologics

Mark Sorrentino, MD, MS, has over 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He is currently the Executive Medical Director, Global Product Development, at PPD Inc, and is responsible for support of pharmaceutical development consulting services focusing on biologics development and post approval strategies. 

Prior to joining PPD Dr. Sorrentino was the global Chief Medical Officer at ADMA Biologics where he oversaw all clinical development operations.  Prior to ADMA, Dr. Sorrentino was the Director, Medical Science at MedImmune where he had primary responsibility for development and oversight of numerous  Phase IV and post-marketing studies across several therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, and transplant medicine, and worked closely with the sales and marketing teams.

Dr. Sorrentino has also served as a consultant to biotechnology firms and has overseen implementation of medical information systems. Dr. Sorrentino received his MD as well an MS in Clinical Nutrition from the Chicago Medical School.  He completed both a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC and currently holds an appointment as a Assistant Clinical Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Sorrentino was an attending physician in the CNMC pediatric intensive care unit for 8 years and participated in numerous Industry sponsored critical care trials.  

Dr. Sorrentino holds active medical licenses in Washington DC and Maryland.  He also serves as the Medical Director for all Susan G. Komen events in the DC area and has volunteered on several international medical missions. 

Clara Anne Spencer

Clara Anne Spencer, RPh

Director of Pharmacy Contracting, Carilion Clinic

Clara Anne Spencer is a registered pharmacist and has worked as the Director of Pharmacy Contracting for Carilion Clinic since March 2000. During this time her work has included system-wide pharmacy contracting, maximizing Premier Group Purchasing agreements and capital project initiatives, as well as direct improvements to patient care through the implementation of a Patient Medication Assistance progam. She serves on the Clinical Products Committee, Surgical Products Committee and coordinates the Pharmacy Leadership Team.

Prior to her joining Carilion Clinic, Clara Anne had ample experience working with all sides of practical healthcare as a Healthcare Resource Management Director for Premier, Inc., and Director of Pharmacy for Lewis Gale Psychiatric Pavilion. Her background includes hospital pharmacy practice in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings, retail pharmacy, and serving as regional director for a group purchasing organization.

In addition, Clara Anne serves on the Board of Directors for the Bradley Free Clinic.

Jeffrey L. Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

Chief Commercial Officer, PuraCap Pharmaceuticals

As Chief Commercial Officer, Jeffrey Thomas leads commercial strategy and development to ensure PuraCap's integrated commercial success. An executive with 30 years experience in the commercialization of pharmaceutical products, he has held roles within several multi-billion-dollar companies.

As Vice President of Corporate Customers, Customer Marketing and Strategic Alliances at Novartis, he was in charge of multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical sales and marketing departments and programs.

As U.S. President of Ranbaxy, the largest Indian Pharmaceutical company, he had full profit and loss responsibilities for building the branded products group in North America – launching four products in the first full year of operation.

Most recently, as President of the Strategy and Analytics group at inVentiv Health, he was responsible for strategic planning and financial performance for four companies that made up the consultancy arm of inVentiv. He built the Ventiv Access Group, a company that provided managed markets services for client portfolios – including emerging through the top ten pharmaceutical and biotech companies with a focus on product launch lifecycle management.

Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from West Liberty State College in West Virginia. He serves on the Board of Directors for CMR Institute and on the Advisory Board for the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, Metro Chapter.

Donald Stark

Donald Stark

Director Emeritus
Director, Antex Biologics and Director, Amherst Fiberoptics

Don Stark has extensive experience serving the pharmaceutical industry in various roles including Chairman, CEO and President of Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation; President of Sandoz Japan; President of Sandoz, USA; President of Sterling Drug Pharmaceutical Group; Founding Member and Vice Chairman of Nova; and Director of MicroCarb, Business Advisor to Medical Science Partners created by Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as a Director of Tenvera. In addition, Mr. Stark has served as Treasurer of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education; on advisory committees for Farleigh Dickinson University and the National Wholesale Druggists Association; as a Trustee of Lakeland College; on the Science Center Committee of Drake University and as a member of the CMR Institute Strategic Advisory Board. Mr. Stark holds a Master's Degree in Science in Education from Drake University, where he received an Alumni Achievement Award.

Jeff Mackie

Jeff Mackie, PhD

Chairman Emeritus
Retired Ambassador, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals

Jeff Mackie is a retired 20-year veteran of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He joined GSK in 1982 and held positions as Medical Science Liaison and Training and Development Department Director. In recognition of his ability to motivate patients to be more involved in their own care, GSK honored Dr. Mackie by naming him their "Ambassador to the Healthcare Community." In that role, he traveled the United States speaking to healthcare professionals and their patients helping them understand how best to motivate patients to be more active participants in their own care.

Currently, Dr. Mackie is President of Mackie and Associates. He is a professional speaker/motivating humorist specializing in the healthcare industry. He is a registered pharmacist and a former professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and an Emeritus Member of the National Speakers Association. Dr. Mackie holds a doctorate in Pharmacy and Toxicology from Temple University.